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ORLANDO (81) AT NEW YORK (72)

ORLANDO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GRANT F 35 3-8 0-0 1 7 8 1 3 0 0 6 M HARPRING F 26 3-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 1 1 6 AUSTIN C 28 5-9 0-0 1 6 7 4 2 0 2 10 D ARMSTRONG G 42 5-20 4-7 3 1 4 8 0 5 4 17 A HARDAWAY G 46 12-21 6-9 3 7 10 8 1 3 4 30 ANDERSON 26 1-11 0-0 2 4 6 1 0 2 1 3 B ARMSTRONG 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 DOLEAC 19 2-4 5-7 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 9 STRONG 12 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 SCHAYES DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION D WILKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 15-23 13 29 42 23 11 12 14 81 (.383) (.652) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 14(6 PTS)

NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

JOHNSON F 32 2-6 1-2 5 3 8 2 5 1 3 5 THOMAS F 26 1-4 0-0 3 5 8 3 1 0 1 2 EWING C 43 12-27 4-7 4 11 15 0 2 3 2 28 HOUSTON G 38 7-20 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 0 3 14 WARD G 28 0-6 0-0 0 5 5 7 3 1 4 0 CHILDS 28 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 0 4 13 DUDLEY 10 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 4 SPREWELL 35 3-9 0-0 1 4 5 3 2 2 5 6 CAMBY DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-81 5-9 14 35 49 18 22 7 22 72 (.395) (.556) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 22(20 PTS)

ORLANDO 16 17 23 25 - 81 NEW YORK 23 21 13 15 - 72

BLOCKED SHOTS: ORLANDO - AUSTIN 2, M HARPRING 2, GRANT. NEW YORK - THOMAS, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ORLANDO 4-16 (.250), D ARMSTRONG 3-9, A HARDAWAY 0-2, ANDERSON 1-5. NEW YORK 3-13 (.231), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 0-4, WARD 0-3, CHILDS 3-4, SPREWELL 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, (JAMES CAPERS. A - 19,763. T - 2:08.


Box Score

ORLANDO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 35 3-8 0-0 1-8 1 3 6 M Harpring 26 3-7 0-0 1-4 0 3 6 Austin 28 5-9 0-0 1-7 4 2 10 D Armstrong 42 5-20 4-7 3-4 8 0 17 A Hardaway 46 12-21 6-9 3-10 8 1 30 Anderson 26 1-11 0-0 2-6 1 0 3 B Armstrong 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Doleac 19 2-4 5-7 1-1 1 2 9 Strong 12 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Schayes DNP - coach's decision Simon DNP - coach's decision D Wilkins DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 15-23 13-42 23 11 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (D Armstrong 3-9, A Hardaway 0-2, Anderson 1-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Austin 2, M Harpring 2, Grant). Turnovers: 14 (A Hardaway 4, D Armstrong 4, Austin 2, B Armstrong 2, Anderson, M Harpring). Steals: 12 (D Armstrong 5, A Hardaway 3, Anderson 2, M Harpring, Strong).

NEW YORK (72) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 32 2-6 1-2 5-8 2 5 5 Thomas 26 1-4 0-0 3-8 3 1 2 Ewing 43 12-27 4-7 4-15 0 2 28 Houston 38 7-20 0-0 1-5 0 2 14 Ward 28 0-6 0-0 0-5 7 3 0 Childs 28 5-7 0-0 0-1 3 5 13 Dudley 10 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 Sprewell 35 3-9 0-0 1-5 3 2 6 Camby DNP - strained left groin B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-81 5-9 14-49 18 22 72 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.556. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 0-4, Ward 0-3, Childs 3-4, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Ewing). Turnovers: 22 (Sprewell 5, Childs 4, Ward 4, Houston 3, Johnson 3, Ewing 2, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Ewing 3, Sprewell 2, Johnson, Ward). ____________________________________________ Orlando 16 17 23 25 - 81 New York 23 21 13 15 - 72 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Crawford, Jim Clark, (james Capers.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Orlando Magic made the New York Knicks look like the top team in the Eastern Conference in the first half. Then things returned to normal in the second half.

Darrell Armstrong scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Penny Hardaway matched a season high with 30 as the Magic erased an 11-point halftime deficit and stormed to an 81-72 victory.

Armstrong and rookie Michael Doleac combined for eight points in a decisive 11-0 tear in the fourth quarter. Hardaway, who finished two assists shy of a triple-double, led the comeback in the third quarter, netting 11 points in a 21-4 spurt as Orlando outscored New York 23-13 in the third quarter and 48-28 in the second half.

"I just hung in there, I was missing some good shots," Armstrong said. "A couple of shots that I rushed. But I give credit to my teammates. Penny found me on a couple of 3s, I just knocked them down. I was just happy to give them a lift because basically, the first half, Penny carried us."

The Magic swept the three-game season series from the Knicks and extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference to two games over Indiana. They also retained their three-game lead atop the Atlantic Division over the Miami Heat.

New York fell seven games behind Orlando in the Atlantic. It has has lost consecutive games and six of its last nine.

Patrick Ewing scored 28 points for New York, which performed yet another disappearing act in the fourth quarter. The Knicks shot 6-of-24 from the field in the final 12 minutes.

"Basically, we let this one slip away," said Ewing. "We played a very good first half. In the second half, they played a little harder than we did."

"Yeah, that's part of it," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said of his team's inability to hit fourth-quarter shots. "There's nothing good you can talk about in this game or our ability to finish against good teams. You either win or you lose. I'm not going to be up here making excuses for ourselves when we are getting beat by teams better than ourselves."

The Knicks took their last lead at 66-64 on a 3-pointer by Chris Childs with 6:51 to play, but Nick Anderson, who sat out three games with a strained left hamstring, hit a 3-pointer to trigger the game-breaking run.

Doleac sank two free throws with 4:52 left to give Orlando a 69-66 lead. Armstrong made the second of two from the line and nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing to push the lead to 73-66 at the 3:11 mark. Doleac capped the run with a 17-footer 39 seconds later.

New York went 0-of-6 from the field and committed two turnovers during Orlando's spurt. Ewing, who missed two shots from eight feet and closer in the run, was 2-of-8 in the fourth quarter, but one basket was a meaningless tip-in with 1:24 left.

"There is no explanation and there is no reason that that should be happening," said Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell. "Especially with a team like us. Every possession, we should be out there like it's our chance to get in the playoffs or whatever it is to get us mentally ready."

The Knicks came no closer than seven points down the stretch and were roundly booed as the final seconds ticked away.

Ewing's free throw 71 seconds into the half gave New York its largest lead at 45-33, but Hardaway reeled off seven straight points and Orlando dominated the next 6 1/2 minutes.

Hardaway had consecutive dunks in a 23-second span to give the Magic a 50-49 lead with 5:43 left and a 19-footer by Horace Grant capped the run and gave Orlando a 54-49 edge with 4:05 left.

"We came out in the third quarter and everybody started making shots and we hung around and got back into the game," Hardaway said. "We pushed out to the lead, lost the lead, got back the lead and didn't look back."

The Knicks closed the quarter with an 8-2 burst and held a 57-56 lead entering the final period.

Hardaway had 10 rebounds and eight assists for Orlando, which shot only 38 percent (31-of-81) from the field but scored 20 points off 22 Knicks turnovers and enjoyed a 15-5 edge in free throws. The Magic missed their first 10 3-pointers before Armstrong hit one from the left side with 9:07 left, forging a 61-61 tie.

Armstrong, making his fourth straight start, went 5-of-20 from the field but was better than Anderson, who came off the bench late in the first quarter and hit only 1-of-11 from the field.

"I just think (Monday) night's game. ... it was a tough game," said Armstrong, who scored a career-high 28 in a 106-99 victory over Boston. "Tonight, I felt a little fatigued at the beginning, then I finally started getting into it a little bit. We got through it and that's what counts."

New York shot under 40 percent (32-of-81) and scored only six points off 14 Magic turnovers. The starting backcourt of Allan Houston and Charlie Ward made only 7-of-26 shots. Ewing took seven of the team's nine free throws.

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